Iron is an essential mineral that the body needs to carry oxygen from the lungs to the blood cells. Without it, a person can develop anemia, which can cause heart and breathing problems. But if iron is present in your drinking water system, is it safe to drink it? The following guide provides helpful insights on what causes iron in water and if there are any negative health effects.
What Causes Iron in Water?
Lakes, streams, rivers, and other waterways are natural environments for iron deposits to form. The mineral is also common in refinery ores and sites where discarded iron-laced metals have corroded. Iron from these sources can make its way into local drinking water systems.
The taste and appearance of water are typically altered when iron is present. It can have a metallic taste and create brown, red, or yellow stains on laundry, dishes, and plumbing pipes.
Are There Health Effects of Drinking It?
Traces of iron in drinking water systems won’t typically cause health issues. However, if iron mixes with harmful bacteria in a water source, organisms that enter the body may trigger health problems.
Drinking large amounts of the mineral and bacteria-contaminated water can cause bloody stools, vomiting, and damage the kidneys and liver. The encouraging news is that water systems can be professionally tested for iron and treated to remove it and unwanted bacteria.
For more than 30 years, The Water Source in Wappingers Falls, NY, has served the Hudson Valley area by providing top-quality water testing and treatment services, including iron tracking and eradication solutions. They are proud installers of the Kinetico® line of water softeners and reverse osmosis systems designed to deliver clean, safe, and refreshing water. You’ll also notice the amazing difference when bathing, washing dishes, and doing laundry. To schedule a free drinking water system analysis, call (845) 297-1600 or visit the website to learn more about their services.